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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-United Airlines broke ground on a new terminal concourse at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental airport on Monday. According to the Houston Business Journal, the $244 million project includes 11 new gates in the 265,000-square-foot concourse that will accommodate narrow, mid-sized and wide-body aircraft.

-The Chicago-based airline also plans to change catering companies at O’Hare International Airport, making more than 700 food workers nervous that they will lose their jobs. The Chicago Tribune reports that the union who represents the workers, some of have prepared meals for United for 20 years, is appealing to United directly to help protect jobs. Gate Gourmet, which is the current vendor for United, had planned to implement Chicago’s minimum hourly wage increase which would reach $13 by 2019 while LSG Sky Chefs, the new vendor, plans to only pay the state minimum wage of $8.25 an hour.

-The Philadelphia Inquirer looked at average fares out of Philadelphia airport and noticed that Southwest Airlines is no longer the cheapest carrier out of the City of Brotherly Love. “The lowest base fares today can be found on upstart budget carriers Spirit, Frontier, and Allegiant, but travelers pay extra for everything, including a carry-on bag,” this article says, noting that passengers still have the perception that Southwest is the lowest-fare carrier in the markets it serves.